HOW TO SMARTEN UP SUMMER DRESSES FOR WORK

When your day calls for polished professionalism, transform any summer dress into workwear with these quick and easy styling tips.

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The left shows a sleeveless shirt dress with a giraffe print worn with heeled sandals by Hobbs, pair the outfit with a women’s blazer such as the one shown on the right to smarten up the look. The left shows a sleeveless shirt dress with a giraffe print worn with heeled sandals by Hobbs, pair the outfit with a women’s blazer such as the one shown on the right to smarten up the look.

TIP 1: SLIP ON A JACKET

Nothing says 'professional' quite like a tailored jacket. Sharply cut, it'll add a sleek finish to any dress style, from shirt dresses to shifts. Another tip? Team midi length dresses with a longline jacket for a more contemporary workday look.

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The right shows a mid-sleeved shirt dress in red with a waist-tie detail worn with heeled sandals in black and leather tote bag in black. Add a smart belt such as the one shown on the left which is a black leather belt with an embossed snake print and gold buckle to add some definition. All from Hobbs. The right shows a mid-sleeved shirt dress in red with a waist-tie detail worn with heeled sandals in black and leather tote bag in black. Add a smart belt such as the one shown on the left which is a black leather belt with an embossed snake print and gold buckle to add some definition. All from Hobbs.

TIP 2: ADD A SMART BELT

It may seem simple, but adding a belt can instantly smarten up a dress. Helping to define the waist and create smoother lines. For impact, choose one in a statement shade or with a standout buckle.

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The left shows a sleeveless knitted dress with a gingham print skirt detail in black and white worn with black court shoes, pair with a matching gingham cardigan such as the one shown on the right image to coordinate the look. All from Hobbs. The left shows a sleeveless knitted dress with a gingham print skirt detail in black and white worn with black court shoes, pair with a matching gingham cardigan such as the one shown on the right image to coordinate the look. All from Hobbs.

TIP 3: PAIR MATCHING KNITWEAR

Don't dismiss a lightweight knitted dress – you'll appreciate it on cooler summer days or when the office air con is on full. Just drape a coordinating cardigan over your shoulders for the ultimate put together look.

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Image on the right shows a smart wrap dress paired with mid heeled nude court shoes, with a close up image of the court shoes on the left, by Hobbs. Image on the right shows a smart wrap dress paired with mid heeled nude court shoes, with a close up image of the court shoes on the left, by Hobbs.

TIP 4: ELEVATE WITH HEELS

Whether it's the additional height or increased sense of poise heels give you, they undeniably elevate an outfit. Opt for the most versatile style of all – chic court shoes in navy, black or camel – they'll pair perfectly with any dress.

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1 DRESS, 3 OUTFITS

Now more than ever before, we're finding joy in styles we can wear over and over. Case in point: our Natasha dress. Discover three ways to wear it for summer and beyond.

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1 DRESS, 3 OUTFITS

Now more than ever before, we're finding joy in styles we can wear over and over. Case in point: our Natasha dress. Discover three ways to wear it for summer and beyond.

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